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How will a company restructuring itself into a REIT impact me as a shareholder?

One of the stocks I own is considering changing into an REIT. The company normally does government consulting and construction. Any thoughts on the pros/cons of it? I know that this decreases their ...
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Cash flow implications of converting primary mortgaged residence to rental

I'm considering the net monthly cost of moving from a mortgaged home to a rental, and converting my current primary residence to a rental property. (Note: the reason for renting instead of selling ...
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Can I write off expenses during a contract-to-hire period?

In a few weeks, I will be starting at a position where I will be a contract employee for 30 days and then hired on as a "normal" employee, assuming I meet the expectations of my new employer. I will ...
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W-4: Is the “Estimate of State and Local Taxes” just for myself, or for me and my spouse?

I am married, filing jointly. I am about to re-file my W-4 because I have been overwithholding. I'm working on Field 1 of the "Deductions and Adjustments Worksheet". A big part of this field is ...
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Tax deduction for job search

According to IRS pub 529, it is permissible to deduct some job search expenses, such as recruiter fees, resume preparation, and travel. I'm curious about the resume preparation in particular. Does ...
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Can I deduct 2011 state income tax paid from my Federal taxes?

I moved back to California in 2010 after several years away, and I've forgotten or am mis-remembering some things. Can I deduct the amount that I paid in state income tax in 2011 from my Federal ...
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Can I deduct mortgage interest in Kansas with a standard deduction?

I'm working on filling out my U.S. income tax forms, and am confused by the mortgage interest credit. It seems more complicated than I remember it being last year (perhaps because it is? Or maybe my ...
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Should I contribute to my RRSP or wait?

I am Canadian and I have a large amount of RRSP contribution room. I do have money to contribute, but I will have no taxable income this year. Should I make my RRSP contributions now, or save the ...
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Taxes and childcare expenses deduction for a dual-income couple in Alberta?

We live in Alberta and need to know if we should obtain a receipt for childcare. We paid $2400 last year. My common law husband made $49000 last year and I made $28500. Is this worth it? Will our ...
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If I move from one state to another for graduate school, then should I fill out my moving expenses on next year's IRS form?

Here is the IRS form. And if I fill out my moving expenses, then what counts as moving expenses, and what doesn't count? Does buying boxes for moving count as a moving expense? Also, should I keep ...
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When can I deduct commuting expenses?

I'm reading through Form 2106 and I can't figure out if I can deduct: Bus fare that I use to get to/from work Mileage etc. driving to/from work When can you deduct these things?
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Where do tax deductions “deduct” from?

My understanding is that tax deductions "deduct" from the Adjusted Gross Income value. Is that right? As a very simple example, let's say I have an AGI of $10 and I owe $3 in taxes (before any ...
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cost basis of donated clothing?

(similar but NOT identical to How can I calculate the value of donated clothing for tax purposes? ) My wife donated several boxes full of old clothing to Goodwill, and calculated the total thrift ...
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Self paid Insurance Premiums and taxes

Currently my employer proivdes a Health Insurance Allowance (which I understand is really just added compensation), but I am wondering if it is possible to somehow shield that money similar to a pre-...
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Tax assessment paid last year

Last year I had to pay a income tax assessment for a W2 I forgot to report from 2009. Can't I report that on my taxes this season? Where would I put this in H&R Tax at Home (Taxcut)?
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Moving expenses: dog kennel

I had to kennel my dogs while moving. Is this deductible as a moving expense (temporary storage of household items)?
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How do I deduct payments to others out of a single payment to the group for contract work?

Another person and myself did contract work. The company sent the entire payment for the work to me and I paid the other person out of that money. How do I report this on my taxes? I received the ...
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Can BC university tuition tax credits only be applied to income earned in BC?

I completed my undergrad in BC, and I have since moved to Ontario. I have collected tuition tax credits in both provinces, so regardless of where I end up working, I will have tax credits from a ...
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Can I deduct equipment expenses for a job I began overseas?

This year I began teaching English in Japan, but I had several hundred dollars worth of preparatory expenses, including a new computer. Are these eligible for equipment tax deductions?
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How do I claim US Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency?

We bought a house last year and after the building was done my wife forced me to buy the blinds through the builder, claiming I wasn't going to buy any and put the up myself which I told her I would. ...
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Can I receive a tax deduction from working from home in a 2 bedroom apartment, one bedroom is used EXCLUSIVELY for work?

My company's base office is in another city so I work from home in a two bedroom apartment. The second bedroom is used as my office and office/work storage. Can I write off this space and any portion ...
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Are adoption expenses for an international adoption considered tax-deductible from income?

I am in the process of an international adoption. I do not qualify for the federal adoption credit because of my families income. However I am having a difficult time discovering whether or not I ...
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Do property taxes get deducted 100% from the Annual Tax Return or only a fraction of them?

Hi Personal Finance and Money, My question comes from hearing people say that you should buy a house rather than rent because you can deduct all of your property taxes on you tax return. Question ...
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In the U.S., are major dental procedures considered tax-deductible?

If someone is going to undergo a major dental/medical procedure ($40k+), is there any way to deduct the money paid for the procedure, or at least part of it?
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Buying a more expensive house as a tax shelter (larger interest deduction)?

I've heard that some people buy a more expensive house as a tax shelter. In my simple mind I imaging the scenario: Pay 10,000 annual interest on the mortgage 50,000 annual income = 40,000 ...
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Benefits of a non-resident alien contributing to FICA

Being an international student on F1 visa, I am a non-resident alien who cannot claim unemployment or SS benefits. Currently I am working on an internship and my employer was not aware that FICA is ...
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Can I claim mileage for traveling to a contract position?

I am employed by a tech. contracting company(A) and travel to another business(B), where I work as a contractor (employed by A). I commute everyday to B. Can I claim my travel to B as an expense?
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Deductible expenses paid with credit card: In which tax year would they fall?

If I paid my business expenses with a credit card during the month of December, which year can I deduct them from my taxes? 2011 (when the purchase was made) or 2012 (when I paid off the credit card)? ...
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Is it possible to deduct health insurance premiums from taxes?

I currently have health insurance provided by my employer. My monthly premiums are deducted pre-tax from my salary. I'm considering canceling this health coverage in favor of an individual health ...
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Can I claim property tax & interest deduction if I pay the mortgage on my mother-in-law's house?

I currently pay mortgage (taxes, interest) on my mother-in-law's house. The house is under her name but we live in it. Can I use the interest and taxes as deductions?
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Tax Benefits for 529 Plan and Treasury Savings Bonds?

So here is my question (for tax year 2011): If I open and fund 529 College Savings Plan, do I get federal and state (Utah) tax deduction for my contributions? If I get a Treasury Savings Bond (...
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Employer no longer withholds, how do I self administer 401k

My employer stopped withholding during some restructuring of the business entity, I already maxed out my 5k IRA contribution, I realize I can tax defer another 15k or so in a 401k... how do I simply ...
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Tax liability for a non-resident alien (student) working on-campus in the U.S

I get paid as a research assistant by helping my guide write papers and for assisting them in classes and correcting homework. Never got around to thinking about tax but recently, when I noticed that ...
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Which payment plan is better to pay for tuition?

My kids go to a private school that's attached to a religious congregation. As far as paying tuition, they offered me a choice between these 2 deals: $1296 per month (for 12 months). $1156 per ...
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How to calculate interest tax deduction for a mortgage?

I am trying to ascertain the effect of the mortgage tax deduction on my bottom line. The various calculators I found are confusing to me. Specifically, I want to know how much less I'll pay in taxes,...
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Calculating savings from mortgage interest deduction vs. standard deduction?

I've read just about anything I can find on comparing cash-flow between owning a house versus renting. One new thing popped into my head yesterday, and I can't shake the feeling that it's an obvious ...
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Can I deduct a contribution to an IRA if I also contribute to a 401(k) in the same tax year?

Can I deduct a contribution to a traditional IRA if I am also contributing to a 401(k) in the same tax year?
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Is there any tax-deductible way to help fund my siblings' education?

My brother is in college and my sister is attending a private high school. I would like to help my parents pay for their education. Is there any way to do this that would be tax-deductible?
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Should I think of investing in infrastructure bonds right now?

I am a newbie as far as investment decisions are concerned. I will put a more detailed question later. Right now, I need to declare my investments for this financial year in advance. I will certainly ...
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What are the IRAs tax deduction limits when contributing to both Traditional and Roth IRAs?

If I fall into the phase-out range for a tax deduction on a Traditional IRA can I contribute to said account up to my tax deduction limits for said accounts then contribute the rest of my $ to a Roth ...
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How can I calculate the value of donated clothing for tax purposes?

I have many clothing items that I plan on donating to a local charitable/religious organization. I want to include the value of these items as a charitable deduction on my income tax, but I don't know ...
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what is the best way to do a freelancing job over the summer for a student

I am a full time student, studying in the UK with UK address. I would like to do a one time job for a company based in the USA. It will last about one month, and is mostly about creating a video ...
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How does giving to charity work?

The title of this question is hopelessly vague, but here is what I'd like to know: I've always heard that even if you don't have much money, you should give to charity. It is tax-deductible. I'm ...
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What things do I need to consider if I want to gift units of a fund or stock to some one who is not related?

Instead of the traditional cash gift, I want to give my gift in terms of something that could increase in value over the long term. Before doing that I wanted to ask the below questions: Do I have ...
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What is the difference between adjustment, subtraction, deduction, exemption in tax forms?

In US federal tax 1040 form, there is "adjustment" on the bottom of the first page at line 36, "itemized deduction" at line 40 on the second page, and "exemptions" at line 42 on the second page. "...
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Are donations to public schools tax deductible like a 501(c)(3) organization?

In the United States, are donations to public schools like a local elementary school deductible in the same way that donations to a 501(c)(3) charity or a church are deductible?
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Deducting medical expenses paid for someone other than yourself or spouse

Can I deduct medical expenses that I paid for my girlfriend's medical bills? She has about $1000 a month of medical bills (prescriptions etc) and is in between insurance. I've been covering it for the ...
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Moving from full time to contractor

For many reasons I am moving from full time employee to a contractor with an associated company in a different city. Everyone I have spoken to says contracting is great except for the taxes and lack ...
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Are student loans tax deductible in US?

If I have a student loan from finishing my graduate degree, can I deduct its interest payments from salary for tax purposes? Is there any education related tax credit that can be applied for payments ...
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Can used books bought off Amazon be claimed as a tax deduction in Australia?

I recently bought some used books on Amazon. The books are directly related to what I do for a living. In Australia, I know that if you have the receipt for books like that, you could claim it as a ...